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Title: Military Marking for Shipment and Storage


Military Marking for Shipment and
Storage MIL-STD-129P W/Change 4 Presented
Revision 5, 14 Nov 2007
  • Basic Definitions
  • Identification Markings
  • Military Shipment Label
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
  • Special Markings
  • Documentation
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Summary
  • Quiz

Basic Definitions
  • Marking is the application of numbers, letters,
    labels, tags, symbols or colors to provide
    identification to expedite handling during
    shipment storage
  • Before we take a look at the details of the
    package markings, lets define some of the
    important data elements required to properly
    identify a package in the Military Distribution

Basic Definitions
  • National Stock Number or NSN, in its most basic
  • consists of 13 digits, divided into two parts
  • Federal Supply Class (FSC) The first four digits
    of the NSN identify the type of item (e.g. 2610
    tires tubes, 8115 boxes, cartons and crates)
  • National Item Identification Number (NIIN) The
    last nine digits of the NSN are the NIIN, the
    first two digits identify the country assigning
    the NSN ( 00 01 US) the remaining seven
    digits are uniquely assigned
  • 6625-01-248-9073

Basic Definitions
  • Commercial Government Entity (CAGE) Code is a
    five digit alpha-numeric code applicable to all
    activities that have produced or are producing
    items used by the Federal Government. The first
    and fifth positions are numeric.
  • The Defense Logistics Information Service (DLIS),
    Battle Creek, MI is the authorized source of CAGE

Basic Definitions
  • Part Number (PN or P/N) is an identification
    assigned by the original design activity for the
    purpose of uniquely identifying a specific item.
    A Part Number is usually the same as, or based
    on, the controlling drawing number.
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an
    automatic identification data capture
    technology comprised of one or more
    reader/interrogators one or more RF
    transponders in which data transfer is achieved
    by means of suitably modulated inductive or
    radiated electromagnetic carriers.

Basic Definitions
  • Item Unique Identification (IUID) A system of
    establishing unique item identifiers within the
    DoD by assigning a machine-readable character
    string or number to a discrete item, which serves
    to distinguish it from other like and unlike
  • Unique Item Identifier (UII) The set of data
    elements marked on an items that is globally
    unique, unambiguous and robust enough to ensure
    data information quality throughout life and to
    support multi-faceted business applications and
  • Concatenated UII The string of UII data set
    elements linked into a single data element.

Basic Definitions
  • Unit of Issue (UI) A standard or basic quantity
    that is expressed as a unit indicated in the
  • Definitive Unit of Issue indicates exact
    quantity of volume, measurement, weight or count
  • EA Each PR Pair
  • AY Assembly DZ Dozen
  • Nondefinitive Unit of Issue does not indicate
    an exact quantity therefore must be accompanied
    by a quantitative expression
  • PG Package (10 EA) BX Box (6 PR)
  • RO Roll (50 FT) LG Length (20

Basic Definitions
  • Contract Number or Purchase Order Number The
    acquisition instrument identification number
    appearing on the acquisition document
  • The standard format is a follows
  • The first six digits identify the office issuing
    the contract (DODAAC)
  • The seventh eighth digits are the last two
    digits of the fiscal year
  • The ninth digit indicates the type of contract
  • The tenth through thirteenth digits are a serial
  • SP0450-07-M-2187

Basic Definitions
  • Preservation is the process procedures used to
    protect material against corrosion, deterioration
    physical damage during shipment, handling
    storage. It includes cleaning drying,
    preservative materials, barrier materials,
    cushioning containers.
  • Military Preservation Methods are applied to
    protect the item are codified I/A/W
  • Military Preservation Method Codes represent the
    basic preservation methods (10, 20, 30, 40, 50,
    etc) the specialized methods as well (AE, DW,
    GX, etc)

Basic Definitions
  • Now that we have a handle on the data elements
    that comprise the general package markings, lets
    take a look at the machine readable language that
    has become an indispensable link in the logistics
    pipeline Bar Codes
  • Today there are two general families of bar codes
    in use both commercially in the Military
  • Linear
  • Two Dimensional 2D

Basic Definitions
  • Linear Bar Codes
  • Code 39 or 3 of 9 Originally adopted by DOD in
  • ISO/IEC 16388
  • Universal Product Code UPC U.S. retail
    industry standard since 1973
  • ISO/IEC 15420

Basic Definitions
  • 2D Symbols
  • PDF417 Identification Data, UII, Military
    Shipment Label Ammunition markings
  • ISO/IEC 15438
  • Data Matrix MIL-STD-130 IUID markings
  • ISO/IEC 16022

Identification Markings
  • Unit Container - First tie wrap or
    container applied to a single item or a quantity
    thereof, or a group of items of a single stock
  • Intermediate Container A wrap, box or
    bundle containing two or more unit packs of
    identical items.
  • Exterior Containers A container,
    bundle or assembly that is sufficient by reason
    of material, design construction to protect
    unit packs and intermediate containers their
    contents during shipment and storage.

Identification Markings
  • Unit/Intermediate Containers
  • National Stock Number
  • CAGE Code (CAGE)
  • Part Number (PN or P/N)
  • Item Description or Nomenclature
  • Quantity Unit of Issue
  • Contract Number Lot Number
  • Military Method Date of Unit Preservation
  • Serial Number (SER NO) when assigned

Identification Markings
  • Unit Packs Intermediate Container Linear (Code
    39) Bar Code Requirements
  • NSN Only the basic 13 digits - not dashes,
    spaces, prefixes or suffixes
  • Serial Number(s) - when assigned
  • Standard linear bar code density range should be
    from 3.0 to 9.4 characters per inch (CPI)
  • When the unit pack is used as the exterior
    container, only the exterior container bar codes
    shall be applied

Identification Markings
Unit Intermediate Containers with linear (Code
39) bar codes
Identification Markings
  • Unit Packs Intermediate Container
    2D (PDF417) Symbol Requirements
  • NSN Only the basic 13 digits encoded with Data
    Identifier N
  • Serial Number(s) Encoded with Data Identifier S
  • UII(s) The concatenated UII(s) should be
    encoded using Data Identifier 25S
  • The 2D symbol should be located in close
    proximity to the identification markings

Identification Markings
Unit Intermediate Containers with 2D (PDF417)
Identification Markings
  • Placement of Identification Markings on Unit
    Intermediate Packs
  • Located to allow for easy reading
  • Insure markings will not be destroyed if
    container is
  • opened for inspection
  • Mark on outer wrap, bag, or container of the
    unit pack
  • If a bag is used in a unit container, both the
    bag the
  • unit container must be marked

Identification Markings
  • Exterior Containers
  • National Stock Number
  • CAGE Code (CAGE)
  • Part Number (PN or P/N)
  • Quantity Unit of Issue
  • Contract Number Lot Number
  • Military Method Date of Unit Preservation
  • Gross Weight (WT)
  • Serial Number(s) (SER NO) when assigned

Identification Markings
  • Exterior Container Linear (Code 39) Bar Codes
  • NSN Only the basic 13 digits
  • Contract Number- Including the Delivery Order
    Number if applicable (no dashes)
  • CAGE Code
  • Serial Numbers - when assigned
  • Contract Line item Number (CLIN) encoded using
    six characters zero filled to the left
  • Contractor Shipment Number Seven or eight

Identification Markings
Exterior Container with linear (Code 39) bar codes
Identification Markings
  • Exterior Container 2D (PDF417) Symbol data
  • NSN Only the basic 13 digits - N
  • Contract Number- w/ Delivery Order Number 8K
  • CAGE Code 17V
  • Serial Number(s) - when assigned S
  • Contract Line item Number (CLIN) 4K
  • Contractor Shipment Number 5K
  • UII 25S

Identification Markings
Exterior Container with 2D (PDF417) Symbol
Identification Markings
  • Placement of Identification Markings on
  • Exterior Containers
  • Apply to the upper left two-thirds of the
    largest side of the container
  • Capital letters of equal height largest
    size practical for the package not less than
    3/32 of an inch high
  • Containers over 10 cubic ft. shall be
    marked bar coded on two adjacent sides
  • All additional markings should be placed on
    the identification side

Identification Markings
  • Methods of Marking Packs
  • Markings must be clear, legible, durable,
  • Machine printing preferred, but hand-printing
    permitted, except for ammo
  • Pressure-sensitive labels may be used for all
    containers. Wood containers must be prepared to
    ensure adhesion
  • Lettering shall be capital letters, equal height,
    proportionate to available space
  • Exterior labels must be waterproofed

Military Shipment Label
  • No longer DD Form 1387
  • Required for all shipments unless otherwise
    specified in the contract
  • Format is in accordance with
    MHIA MH 10.8.1
  • Linear bar code is code 39
  • ISO/IEC 16388
  • 2-D bar code is PDF417
  • ISO/IEC 15438

Military Shipment Label
  • Linear bar coded data elements
  • Transportation Control Number (TCN)
  • Piece Number
  • Ultimate Consignee DODAAC
  • Data identifiers are not included

Military Shipment Label
  • MSL Linear bar code format
  • Code 3 of 9 or 39 - ISO/IEC 16388
  • Data limited to about 30 characters

Military Shipment Label
  • 2-D bar coded data elements
  • Shipment Data
  • Information included in the clear on the MSL
  • TCMD
  • Applicable to shipments that move through the DTS
  • Line Item Supply Data
  • Requisition , NSN, RIC, Unit of Issue, Quantity,
    Condition Code and Unit
  • Data Identifiers must be included

Military Shipment Label
  • MSL 2-D bar code format
  • PDF417 - ISO/IEC 15438
  • Can contain up to 1,000 characters within the

Military Shipment Label
  • Requires Bar Coding
  • Code 39 (Linear)
  • TCN
  • Piece Number
  • Ultimate Consignee DODAAC
  • PDF417 (2D)
  • Shipment
  • Line Item
  • TCMD Data

Military Shipment Label
  • MSL Software Sources Include
  • CATT Asset-Trak
  • http//
  • Distribution Planning and Management System
    (DPMS) DLA Contractors
  • http//
  • Various commercial sources
  • EasySoft http//
  • Mil Pac http//
  • Many of the Military Packaging Contractors
    provide bar code labels including the MSL

Radio Frequency Identification
  • Some definitions specific to RFID implementation
  • 463L Pallet System Aircraft pallets, nets, tie
    down coupling devices designed to interface
    with aircraft cargo restraint systems. (Intended
    to differentiate between a standard palletized
    load the 463L)
  • Case It is either an exterior container within
    a palletized unit load or it is an individual
    shipping container
  • Content Level Detail Data elements that
    describe the asset or item being shipped the
    associated shipment configuration
  • Electronic Product Code EPC An identification
    scheme for universally identifying physical
    objects via radio frequency
  • RFID Automatic identification data capture
    technology in which data transfer is achieved by
    means of radio waves

Radio Frequency Identification
  • RFID will be used in accordance with the Supplier
    Implementation Plan at
  • http//
  • Tags will be applied to case shipments
    palletized unit loads.
  • Shipments to CONUS Defense Distribution Depots
    Military Aerial Ports Charleston, Norfolk and
  • Bulk commodities shall not be tagged

Radio Frequency Identification
  • RFID tag formats for data constructs are located
    in the DoD Suppliers Passive RFID Information
  • Passive RFID tags will comply with EPCglobal
    Class 1 Generation 2 specifications
  • Frequency range for passive RFID tags is 860
    960 MHz
  • Munitions explosives shall not be tagged until
    certification requirements are met

Radio Frequency Identification
A paper label with RFID inside
an antenna, printed, etched or stamped ...
and a chip attached to it
on a substrate e.g. a plastic foil ...
Radio Frequency Identification
  • Passive RFID tags may be integrated into the MSL
  • Placement of RFID enabled address labels or
    separate RFID tags

Radio Frequency Identification
  • Identification markings may be applied directly
    to smooth containers or to marking boards
    securely attached to two adjacent sides

Radio Frequency Identification
  • Address labels may be attached to the marking
    board or to the stretch wrap if used to bond the

Radio Frequency Identification
  • RFID tags should be affixed at a suitable
    location where there is minimum risk of damage,
    easy access to the bar code symbols and the
    highest potential for successful RFID tag

Radio Frequency Identification
  • Advance Shipment Notice (ASN) transactions in the
    form of EDI, web-based or user defined format
    via Wide Area Workflow (WAWF).
  • Information that describes the contents and
    configuration of a shipment including
  • Contract Information Product description
    RFID Tag Contract Number
    Line Item Number RFID Tag Number
  • Shipment Number Item Description
    Line Item Number
  • Prime Contractor NSN
    Quantity Shipment
    Date Quantity

Special Markings
  • Shelf-life
  • Project Code
  • Fragile/ Delicate
  • Method 50
  • Expedited Handling
  • Electrostatic Discharge
  • Sensitive (ESD)

Special Markings
  • Shelf-life
  • Items that have a limited timeframe that they can
    be kept in storage still be suitable for issue
  • Typical Shelf Life managed items include food,
    medicine, batteries, paints, adhesives, hoses,
    belts, o-rings
  • Shown below identification data on unit,
    intermediate exterior containers
  • TYPE I (non-extendable)
  • MFD DATE 10/01
  • EXP DATE 10/06
  • TYPE II (extendable) RUBBER
    DATE 4Q05

Special Markings
  • Shelf-life
  • Unit Pack Exterior

Special Markings
  • Project Code

Special Markings
  • Special Handling

Special Markings
  • Method 50

Special Markings
  • Expedited Handling

Special Markings
  • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Sensitive
  • Unit Packs
  • Intermediate
  • Exterior Containers

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Special Markings
  • Material Condition Markings Tags/Labels
  • DD Form 1574 Serviceable Yellow
  • DD Form 1577-2 Unserviceable Reparable Green
  • DD Form 1577 Unserviceable Condemned Red
  • DD Form 1575 Suspended Brown
  • DD Form 1576 Test Modification Blue

  • Packing Lists
  • Sets, kits or assemblies composed of unlike items
    but identified by a single stock number or part
    number shall have a packing list identifying each
    item securely attached to the end or side of the

  • Other Documentation that may be required
  • DD 250 - Material Inspection Receiving Report
  • DD Form 1155 Order for Supplies Services
  • DD Form 1384 Transportation Control Movement
  • DD Form 1149 Requisition Invoice Shipping
  • DD Form 1348-1 Issue Release/Receipt Document

  • Direct Vendor Delivery (DVD) shipment
    documentation requires additional bar codes
  • Document (Requisition) number suffix if
  • 13 digit NSN plus additional codes if applicable
  • Inventory Control Point Routing Identifier Code
    (RIC), Unit of Issue, Quantity, Condition Code,
    Distribution Code Unit Price
  • Bar codes placed on the DD 250 or commercial
    packing list
  • Applicable to shipments to a location other than
    a DLA Distribution Depot

  • Exceptions to the use of exterior container
  • No exterior container documentation is required
    for containers of like items or single item packs
    when the contents are listed on a label attached
    to the boxes
  • Copies of the DD 250 are still required per
    Appendix F of the DFARS
  • For controlled, sensitive, classified and
    pilferable items (except FMS shipments), the
    shipping documentation shall be placed inside all

Hazardous Materials
  • Hazardous Materials shall be marked in
    accordance with MIL-STD-129P W/Change 4,
    paragraph 5.5 the applicable regulatory
    documents depending upon the mode of
  • Title 49 CFR
  • IATA Dangerous Goods
  • IMDG
  • AFMAN 24-204(I)

Hazardous Materials
  • CFR 49 Hazardous Materials basic marking
    labeling requirements
  • Proper Shipping Name
  • UN Number
  • Hazard Class Labels

Hazardous Materials
  • UN Package Performance Specification Marking
    indicates the package conforms to the UN

Hazardous Materials
Package Orientation Marking
Hazardous Materials
  • CFR 49 Hazardous Materials basic marking
    labeling requirements

Ammunition and Explosives
  • Identification markings on unit packs,
    intermediate containers unpacked items
  • National Stock Number NSN
  • DoD Identification Code - DoDIC/ Navy Ammunition
    Logistics Code - NALC
  • Quantity Unit of Issue (UI other than each)
  • Item Description
  • Lot number Serial Number (when assigned)
  • The NSN and DoDIC are on the same line of
  • The quantity always precedes the item description
    on the same line

Ammunition and Explosives
  • Identification markings on exterior containers
    includes all of the information required on inner
    containers plus
  • Weight
  • Proper shipping name UN Identification Number
  • Special Markings
  • Precautionary markings
  • HAZMAT Labels
  • DoDIC/NALC Lot Number (end of container)
  • Lot Number (side of container)
  • UN Performance Specification Markings

Ammunition and Explosives
Ammunition Explosives
  • Ammunition Bar Codes
  • Identification bar code symbol marking
  • Two Dimensional Bar code PDF417
  • No requirement for linear bar codes
  • Labels shall meet the requirements for grade A,
    style 2, composition B per MIL-PRF-61002
  • Labels shall be no greater than 4 x 4 inches

Ammunition and Explosives
  • Identification bar code symbol data structure
  • Package Unit Load generic information
  • Label Traceability Code
  • Weight and Unit of Measure
  • Cube with Unit of Measure
  • Data elements encoded for each NSN
  • NSN
  • Quantity/Unit of Issue
  • Lot Number(s)
  • Serial Number
  • UN Code UN Identification Number

Ammunition and Explosives
  • Identification bar code human readable
  • All encoded data elements shall be printed as
    human readable
  • Human readable information is not a substitute
    for identification markings
  • It shall be a literal interpretation of the data
    encoded in the 2D
  • The label traceability code will be translated as
  • The unit of measure is translated and printed
  • The 20 character code will be printed
  • The last two characters will be printed to show
    the label set relationship 1 of 2, 2 of 2.

Web Sites
  • DOD Specifications Standards
  • http//
  • DOD Hardcopy Forms and Labels
  • https//
  • DLA Packaging Web Site
  • http//
  • DCMA Portal Packaging Management Community
  • http//

  • MIL-STD-129, Military Marking for Shipment and
    Storage provides detailed descriptions of the
    minimum Military Package markings including
    Identification Markings, Military Shipment Label,
    Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Special
    Markings, Documentation, Hazardous Materials,
    Ammunition Explosives
  • MIL-STD-129 marking can apply to Military
    Commercial Packaging

  • Basic Identification Marking for unit packs must
  • Gross Weight
  • Cube
  • Military Shipment Label
  • Quantity Unit of Issue
  • Project Code Labels

  • Exterior Container Bar Code requirements include
    all of the following except
  • CAGE Code
  • Part Number
  • Contractor Shipment Number
  • NSN
  • Contract Number

  • The Military Shipment Label may be described in
    general terms as
  • Special Handling Label
  • Shipment Content Label
  • Hazard Warning Label
  • Identification Bar Code Label
  • Address Label

  • Passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
    tags are to be applied to
  • Shipping Cases
  • Pallet Loads
  • Shipping Cases within a Pallet Load
  • All of the above
  • None of the above

  • Shelf Life Markings indicate
  • How long the item has been left on the shelf
  • The expected service life of an item
  • The expected storage life of an item
  • How much Shelf space the item will need
  • What storage conditions are required